OAKLAND — Khris Davis is on a tear to start the second half.
The A’s left fielder clubbed his fourth homer in four games since the All-Star break in Monday’s 7-4 win over the Astros. Davis hit a first-pitch cutter from Scott Feldman over the right field wall in the seventh.
It was the second time in the past three days that Davis has sent a homer rocketing to the opposite-field seats at the Coliseum, power that manager Bob Melvin says only a handful of players in the game have.
Davis says he’s not necessarily trying to muscle up any more of late.
“It feels like I just touch the ball and it goes,” he said. “All I gotta do is get ready on time and just touch it.”
Davis’ 23 home runs have him in a three-way tie for fourth place in the American League. His 61 RBI rank ninth.
Melvin said over the weekend that the power that Davis displays can fire up the whole team.
“You can’t really tell a lot of times if he’s actually gotten them, and he doesn’t need to square them up to hit it out,” Melvin said. “I know we get a big charge out of it in the dugout.”
Davis is just four shy of the career high 27 homers he hit with Milwaukee last season.
Right fielder Josh Reddick had an adventure tracking down George Springer’s foul fly ball in the seventh inning Monday night. Reddick covered lots of territory and made a running catch that sent him right into the Astros’ bullpen bench. But before he even reached the bench, stumbled over a small portable heater that was sitting on the ground.
“That’s a difficult one,” Melvin said. “You’re running full speed, it’s tough to forecast where the wall is gonna be, let alone all the garbage in the corner or whatever he ran into.”